Clearing 2019

iQ's guide to Clearing

Didn't get the results you hoped for? Only now considering applying for university or a college degree? Don't panic, Clearing is here for you.

You’ll be spending the next few years studying. It’s well worth taking a bit of time to check out the university and course to assess whether it meets your needs. Don’t accept the first place you’re offered so you’ve ‘got something’.

Be prepared for results day itself, and you’ll feel a lot calmer if you have a plan in place.

Here are 8 easy steps to get you through Clearing:

1. Seek advice

Seek advice from an adviser, family and friends. Make sure you are aware of all the different options that you have access to.

2. Choose your course

UCAS provides a vacant search course tool. Use this to see the courses at universities across the UK that have space available.

3. Make a good impression and sell yourself

The university might ask for your grades and say yes or no, others may dig a little deeper.

4. Make and submit an application

You will need to do this to provide unis with your Clearing number and Personal ID.

5. Update your choice in UCAS Track

By completing this step you are definitely accepting the offer. Remember you can only accept one course.

6. Apply for or update your student finance application

You’ll need to let them know you’ll be changing uni or course. If you haven’t applied yet, applications can take up to 6 weeks.

7. Find your kind of student living

We operate 58 sites across 26 UK towns and cities, with a variety of en suite and studio rooms to choose from.

8. Now that feels like home

Finding accommodation during Clearing

Finding your university place is the first step, finding a place to call home at university is the second. Don't leave it too late, as availability is limited this time of year.

To book your room, choose your city, university or iQ property to get started.

Need to transfer a booking? Please contact the new site team you want to transfer into to see what’s possible.


When is Clearing?

Clearing begins on 5th July 2019 and ends on 22nd October 2019.

A-level results day is on Tuesday 6th August in Scotland and Thursday 15th August in England and Wales. Clearing gets going then, so you may find a wider choice of places available from 16th August.

Usually, the most popular courses fill their places during the first week of Clearing so it’s worth acting fast when you find something that suits you.


Is Clearing for me?

If you didn’t get the results you needed for your firm or insurance choices, yes. But there are other scenarios where you might want to make use of Clearing.

  • You applied before 30th June but did not receive any offers
  • You didn’t apply before 30th June – in which case, you will enter Clearing when you submit and make an application
  • You’ve changed your mind about your firm and insurance choices

Don’t feel obliged to go ahead with an existing offer if it no longer seems right for you. There may be a more suitable course for you available during Clearing – it’s your choice.

If your original choice is still top of your list, it is worth checking with the university you were planning to attend before you enter Clearing. If you’ve only just missed the grades they asked for, it’s possible they will still accept you. Check the UCAS website to see if it’s good news.


It's not too late to attend a university open day

Universities hold open days throughout Clearing. You can find these through UCAS or Open Days. It's the perfect opportunity for you to check out the place in person. Speak to student ambassadors who attend the university and have been in your shoes.

Yo could even squeeze in a visit to one of our properties. We have 58 properties across 26 cities. Find us in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Edinburgh and many more.


There is still enough time to book your accommodation for university and visit an open day

We wish you the best of luck with your results and hope to welcome you to an iQ near your university very soon.


Been there, done that

Our blog from HelloGrads’ guest writer and student, Jess, gives useful tips on how to survive Clearing.


Clearing FAQs

I have already booked a room, can I transfer to another iQ location?

You can transfer your booking to another iQ location near a different university. You won’t need to pay another booking fee. But room transfers are subject to availability. Contact the site team you want to transfer into to see what’s possible.

Our phone lines get busy this time of year. If you can't get through, send us an email or start a LiveChat.

Key dates throughout Clearing

  • Friday 5th July 2019 - Applications open
  • Friday 5th July 2019 - International Baccalaureate results day
  • Monday 5th August 2019 - Adjustment opens
  • Tuesday 6th August 2019 - A-level results day in Scotland
  • Thursday 15th August 2019 - A-level results day in England and Wales
  • Friday 20th September 2019 - Final deadline for applications
  • Tuesday 22nd October 2019 - Applications close

Useful links 


iQ Life

It may feel stressful right now, but don’t let the stress get to you. Keep a cool head, act quickly and you can still secure a great place to live. Visit iQ Life to be inspired on room decoration, see the resident benefits and tune into our Spotify playlist.

Take a look inside iQ through the eyes of @iQstudents sharing their favourite places and spaces across the UK using #MyiQLife on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.